Campus officials continue to work closely with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and with the UC Office of the President to provide the community with the most current information regarding the global COVID-19 pandemic. The university has in place a COVID-19 working group and a COVID-19 response team to adapt to the situation as it evolves.
Students and employees are encouraged to consult with their health care providers and to obtain additional information from the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control.
The campus observes the University of California - Policy on Vaccination Programs for all students, faculty, and staff, and has instituted specific requirements for testing and masking.
The campus’s vaccination efforts are directed by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the California Department of Public Health.
COVID-19 testing is available on campus for current students, faculty, and staff members through at-home rapid antigen test kits, available without charge at many campus locations. Students who have symptoms of COVID-19 or believe they have been exposed to the virus can also obtain PCR testing at Student Health; faculty and staff should use community sites for PCR testing.
The COVID-19 dashboard represents the testing and case counts among those who reside in university housing or who work, study, or conduct research on campus. After 12/22/22, these numbers will only reflect the tests done at Student Health or positive results that are self-reported.